Interesting: Applications for U.S. citizenship usually surge in presidential election years

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Garry Palmer, born in Great Britain, stands with his hand over his heart and takes the oath of allegiance to the United States.
Palmer, who became a citizen along with 89 other people from 21 countries at a ceremony here Thursday, plans to use that same hand to work a voting machine during the next year, as his new country picks a president and other political leaders.
“That was one of the reasons I changed from a green card to citizenship, so I can take part,” said Palmer, who lives in Palm City and has worked in the U.S. for 15 years. “It’s not good being outside the process, but still being victim to it.”

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